Kenmore 14652 Portable Dishwasher Review
It's a small wonder!
By the Numbers
The Kenmore 14652 is our new favorite pint-sized portable dishwasher. Despite the size limitations, this dishwasher shined in the areas of performance and efficiency, proving that just because you don't have the space for a full install, you don't have to use an inferior appliance.
The cramped space might actually be an advantage.
The Normal Wash is pretty fast, taking around 90 minutes to complete with a drying cycle included. A full-size dishwasher would usually take this amount of time just to do all the washes and rinses, and then another 30 minutes to dry them. The smaller space probably has a lot to do with the 14652's speed.
Although the Normal Wash had very little trouble with redeposit, it left trace amounts of stains behind on the meat and egg stains. The oatmeal stains were a bit more visible, but still well within acceptable levels. All in all, these results aren't very different from other mid-range dishwashers.
Pots & Pans fared no better nor worse against the meat, egg, or oatmeal stains. However, it removed all traces of the burnt cheese and burnt sugar stains, which are stains that even some high-end dishwashers have trouble with.
We noticed that for both cycles, the back of the upper rack barely got cleaned. Items loaded there would always come out dirtier than others, which indicates that not enough water reaches that area during the wash.
Less to do, less to use
Unsurprisingly, the 14652's smaller size leads to less water usage. We measured electricity consumption for Normal Wash and Pots & Pans at 0.41 kWh and 0.73 kWh, respectively. These numbers are slightly lower than those found on full-size machines.
The biggest difference is in the water consumption: Normal Wash uses 3.45 gallons of hot water while Pots & Pans uses 4.31 gallons. Considering that the heavy duty cycles of other machines use between 6 and 10 gallons, this is some major savings.
You're looking at an annual cost of about $21.19 for running the 14652. Most of the dishwashers we've tested are closer to $30 a year.
Small space and little flexibility
The 14652's low capacity would ordinarily be a dealbreaker, but it's pretty much unavoidable for a compact, portable dishwasher. We were able to fit six place settings and one serving setting inside the cramped space.
None of the tines or supports can be adjusted, and there's only one spot in the middle of the lower rack that can reasonably hold the cutlery basket. Due to this lack of flexibility, you'll run into problems loading oddly-shaped items, or even some larger normal items such as pots and casseroles.
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